Dr. Pichora serves as President and CEO for the Kingston Health Sciences Centre that integrated Hotel Dieu and Kingston General Hospitals April 1, 2017. Dr. Pichora is also co-chair (with the South East LHIN CEO) of SECHEF, the Executive forum of the SE LHIN and is President of the Hotel Dieu Hospital Research Institute. He has been on the medical staff at Hotel Dieu and Kingston General Hospitals since 1986.
Dr. Pichora completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Queen’s University and clinical fellowships at the University of Toronto and University of Alabama, Birmingham. He is a professor of surgery and mechanical and materials engineering at Queen’s University. He has served as Divisional Chair of Orthopedic Surgery for Kingston’s academic hospitals and is a founding member, a lead researcher and Board member for the Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC) at Queen’s University.
As an internationally recognized leader in orthopaedics and trauma, he was named the Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research in 2015. Dr. Pichora’s presentation will explore the early benefits of the integration of KHSC and outline future opportunities for a more integrated health system for South East Ontario.
Thomas Dymond is the great-grandson of the late Chief Louis Peters of Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia. Mr. Dymond is a proud Mi’kmaq man and strong advocate for Indigenous rights, especially through his past roles with the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre and the Memorial University of Newfoundland Students Union. As the 2017 Indspire First Nations Youth Laureate, he was nationally recognized for his achievements and contributions to Indigenous people.
Thomas has spoken nationally about education and identity. He is currently a second year medical student at Queen’s University where he acts as the local officer of Indigenous Health for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. He also sits on the Indigenous Health Interest Group executive. Since coming to Queen’s, Thomas has been a powerful voice for the indigenization of the university’s medical program and aspires to one day see equitable Indigenous representation in the medical field.
Mr. Dymond will speak to the current state of Indigenous mental health and the social determinants to health. He will also touch on larger, systemic, and more colonial issues that have created the current situation for Indigenous youth.
Janeta Kobes, B.Th. is a Certified Spiritual Health Specialist and Registered Psychotherapist. She has been a Spiritual Health Practitioner at Kingston General Hospital for the past seventeen years in Critical Care, Palliative Care and Oncology, serving and companioning people from all walks of life. Her presentation will focus on dying, death and medically assistance in dying (MAID). She emphasizes that, “We are not getting out of here alive! Death is part of the natural order of things.” She will explore considerations for dying well that are purpose focused and meaning making.
Dr. Kieran Moore, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP, MPH, DTM&H, FRCP(C)
Dr Moore is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada specialising in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He is also a Professor of Emergency and Family Medicine at the Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He received his Medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 1985 and subsequently received his specialty certification in Family Medicine as well as Emergency Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He has a Masters degree in Disaster Medicine as well as Public Health and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr. Moore has extensive experience in surveillance systems for bioterrorism and outbreak detection, public health, pre hospital care, and multidisciplinary research projects. His main area of interest is in the evaluation of various data streams for the early detection of outbreaks as well as assessment of deprivation distribution in populations. He is currently director of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program at Queen’s University.